Stackable Washer & Dryer Dimensions (with Drawings)
Are the laundromat trips getting old and costly? Or maybe you need some extra space in the laundry room so you can work more efficiently. Either way, mapping out stackable washer dryer dimensions to find the best fit for your laundry is an excellent option.
Stackable washer dryers measure 27” wide by 26” to 33” deep and 74” to 79” tall when stacked. Stacked laundry center dimensions are similar, or the same, as stackables. Standard small stackables measure at 24” wide by 33” to 36” tall by 24” to 26” deep. They stand between 66” and 72” tall when you stack them.
Standard Stackable Washer Dryer Dimensions
Stackable washer dryers are usually front loader units that you can either stack or place side-by-side. The standard dimensions for a stackable washer dryer are 27” wide by 26” to 33” deep and 74” to 79” tall when stacked. Unstacked, the standard height of a washer and dryer is 33 to 39 inches.
Stackable washer dryers are more versatile since you can unstack them if you choose to. Making it easier to adapt your washer and dryer to a new home or space if needed. They also have more features and functions if you are looking for more than just to wash and dry.
Can You Stack All Front Loader Washer And Dryers?
You can stack most front loader washers and dryers, as long as they are the same brand. However, be sure to read through the appliances’ “features & specs” to confirm that the units are stackable.
Also, keep in mind that you will also need to purchase the appropriate stacking kit. Most stacking kits are sold separately.
Do I Need A Stacking Kit?
The simple answer is yes; you always need a stacking kit. A stacking kit ensures that the washer and dryer are secure and absorb the vibrations. This prevents the dryer from falling off during use, risking possible serious injury to you or your family.
Stacking kits are not universal; they are designed to fit certain brands and models. Some brands have multiple stacking kits for specific models. For example, a Whirlpool stacking kit will not be compatible with a Samsung stackable washer dryer.
Stacked Laundry Center Dimensions
Unlike stackable units that you can separate, a stacked laundry center is a washer and dryer permanently joined. Laundry centers typically measure similar or the same as stackable washer dryers. The standard dimensions are 74” to 79” tall by 23” to 28” wide by 26” to 35” deep.
Stacked laundry centers, also called “unitized washers and dryers,” have all the essential washer dryer functions. However, they don’t include some fancy features found on larger washes and dryers. Because of the more compact design, capacity is limited, so laundry day may take longer to complete.
Laundry centers are perfect for small apartments or homes with little space for bigger units. Stacked laundry centers are also more affordable than stackable units since those are sold individually. So if budget and space are top priorities, stacked laundry centers may be worth looking into.
Do Stacked Dryers Require Ventilation?
Yes, just like all standard dryers, whether freestanding or stacked, there needs to be ventilation. The dryer hose vents dry air, moisture, and heat from the dryer and expels it outside. There should be a minimum of 6 inches of clearance for the hose and no longer than 25 feet.
You should clean the dryer hose regularly since moisture can create wet spots in the tube. This moisture coupled with built-up lint can lead to mold inside the dryer hose.
What Is The Difference Between A Stackable And Stacked Laundry Center?
The measurements of both stackable and stacked laundry centers are nearly the same, but there’s a primary difference between the two laundry centers.
Stackables are front loader washer dryer combos that you can either stack or sit side by side. This makes stackables a versatile option if moving, as you can convert them to fit the space.
Conversely, stacked laundry centers are a joined washer dryer combo that you cannot unstack. Laundry centers are great options for studios, small apartments, and other small spaces.
Small Stackable Washer Dryer Dimensions
If you need a better space-saving option, small stackables, also known as “compact washer-dryers,” are the way to go. Small stackables offer the same versatility and space-saving abilities as bigger units just scaled down.
The typical measurements for small stackables are 24” wide by 33” to 36” tall (unstacked) by 24” to 26” deep. When you stack them, they stand between 66” and 72” tall.
A big advantage of compact washer dryers is their size, perfect for closets or under kitchen counters. Additionally, unlike standard dryers, compact washer dryer units operate without the need for a vent. So you can place them directly against the wall and just need a water connection and a drain.
However, because of the smaller size, compacts are not a suitable option for washing bedding. These small units are also unable to keep up with the laundry demands of a large family. If you prefer a traditional agitator washer, then this style may not suit you.
How Much Space Does A Stackable Washer Dryer Need?
So how much space do you need to easily install your stackable washer dryer? Whether it’s a closet, laundry room, or under a counter, there needs to be plenty of room for the unit. In order for your washer dryer to function properly, it needs enough space to work safely.
For full-sized stackables, the space needs to be 80” tall by 28” wide by 31” to 33” deep. Laundry centers typically need a space that is 74” to76” tall by 24” wide by 27” to 33” deep. The space required for small stackable washer dryers needs to measure 68” tall by 24” wide x 24” to 25” deep.
There should be about 4-feet in front to load and unload the laundry with plenty of door clearance. If installing in a closet, be sure the closet door closes completely and does not bump against the units. The dryer hose needs to be about 6 inches to vent properly and an inch around all sides to buffer noise.
How To Install A Stackable Washer Dryer
You have all the measurements and have a space that already has the vents and hookups necessary. Now it is time to install the stackable washer dryer, but first, there is some prep to do. Measure any doorways and hallways that you’ll move the stackable through to ensure there is enough room.
If there is an old washer dryer, remove them and sweep the area before bringing the new one into the space. However, if the space doesn’t have existing outlets, vents, and water access, someone will need to install these before proceeding. Once completed, tape off the area where the washer dryer will go, allotting 2-inches of space from the walls.
Once the units are in and you’ve prepped the area, place the washer in first and then the dryer. Follow the instructions on the stacking kit to connect the units together. Finally, connect the washer and dryer to the correct outlets, and now you should be good to go.
Electric stacked laundry centers run off a 120/240, 30 amp receptacle. Stackables use 120/240, 30 amp receptacle for the dryer and 120V receptacle for the washer.
Why Does The Washer Go Under The Dryer?
The reason you always place washers under dryers when stacking them is because of weight. This placement is a must.
Dryers are lighter than washers, and the heavyweight of wet laundry will eventually break the dryer. This is not something you should switch up for personal preference or convenience. If you do, prepare to replace the broken dryer.
It is important to remember that you should not stack different brands. When the stack points do not match up, the units are unstable and can topple during use.
Also worth noting is that stacked washer dryers do not vibrate more than side-by-side units. If your stackable is vibrating or shaking too much, there could be other factors. These can include unbalanced loads or unlevel flooring.
Also, check that the stacking kit attaches appropriately to the stackable and make sure the connection is secure. Applying washing machine vibration pads can also help minimize the noise of a vibrating washer.
What Are The Advantages Of A Stackable Washer Dryer?
A stackable washer dryer is a great option for small homes and apartments, which is its greatest advantage. Other benefits to having a stackable washer dryer include energy efficiency, ease to clean, and gentler on clothes. Front-loading washers and dryers use less energy and water than traditional steel drum units.
Can You Stack A Washer And Dryer On A Pedestal?
You should only use pedestals for side-by-side units, and you should not use them for a stackable washer dryer. A stacked washer dryer on a pedestal is a potential safety risk, and the dryer controls are too far to operate. Pedestals are designed to give easier access to side-by-side front loaders and prevent excessive bending when loading and unloading.
Typically, stackable washers and dryers measure 27” wide by 26” to 33” deep and 74” to 79” tall when you stack them. Stacked laundry centers come permanently joined and are similar in size to separate stackable units.
A standard small stackable measures 24” wide by 33” to 36” tall and 24” to 26” deep. When you stack standard washer and dryers, they stand between 66” and 72” tall. Make sure to only stack washers and dryers of the same brand that have an appropriate stacking kit.
Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent's former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.
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